Heidegger's Platonism

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A&C Black, Dec 22, 2009 - Philosophy - 212 pages
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Heidegger's Platonism challenges Heidegger's 1940 interpretation of Plato as the philosopher who initiated the West's ontological decline into contemporary nihilism. Mark A. Ralkowski argues that, in his earlier lecture course, On the Essence of Truth, in which he appropriates Plato in a positive light, Heidegger discovered the two most important concepts of his later thought, namely the difference between the Being of beings and Being as such, and the ‘belonging together' of Being and man in what he eventually calls Ereignis, the ‘event of appropriation'.

Ralkowski shows that, far from being the grand villain of metaphysics, Plato was in fact the gateway to Heidegger's later period. Because Heidegger discovers the seeds of his later thought in his positive appropriation of Plato, this book argues that Heidegger's later thought is a return to and phenomenological transformation of Platonism, which is ironic not least because Heidegger thought of himself as the West's first truly post-Platonic philosopher.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What is Platonism?
4
Untying Schleiermachers Gordian Knot
27
The Context of Heideggers Interpretation of Plato Ontotheology and the Ontological Difference
49
Heideggers Platonism
62
Nihilism Heideggers Crisis and Opportunity
95
Heidegger and the Greeks Revolutionary Thinker or Utopian Social Engineer?
117
Back from Syracuse? Four Reasons to Rethink Heideggers Politics
137
How Heidegger Should Have Read Plato
157
Notes
176
Bibliography
193
Index
207
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Mark A. Ralkowski teaches philosophy at the University of New Mexico, USA. He edited Carol J. White's Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude (Ashgate, 2005).

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